Festival Founder and Director Dr Susan Liddy:
“Catalyst 2023 exceeded all my expectations. We welcomed students, emerging and established screenwriters and filmmakers, members of the Ukranian community, film enthusiasts, and those who relish critical debate. We had screenings and panel discussions, workshops and script labs and industry presentations. And we had one of the most accomplished directors Ireland has ever produced – the incomparable Aisling Walsh! Besides all that, there was a lot of fun and great laughs along the way. As the festival closes I’m more convinced than ever that Catalyst International Film Festival has a long and trailblazing future ahead. But for now, we’re taking a few days off. Then we roll up the sleeves and start over. Catalyst 2024, here we come!”
We are thrilled to present our full programme for the 4th Catalyst International Film Festival! All events and screenings are now available to book. Looking forward to welcoming you to this year's festival in our venues The Belltable, No. 1 Pery Square and Engine, Limerick.
On behalf of Susan, Aoife and the Catalyst team, we’d like to thank everyone who submitted to Catalyst International Film Festival, 2023. We had a record number of submissions this year and thank you all for the time you took to submit. Inevitably, as with all festivals, there are filmmakers and screenwriters who are disappointed. Our programmers are guided by our criteria but they ultimately curate the programmes and not every submission can be screened. We urge you not to give up and to submit again next year. Regardless of whether your film is screening this year or whether your short screenplay was successful on this occasion or not, remember your voice is important. Come join your tribe at the festival and engage in the vibrant and important discussions going on here. You’ll be welcomed with open arms.
Catalyst International Film Festival 2023 is now accepting submissions for all categories. For inclusion in the Catalyst International Film Festival films will need to satisfy a number of criteria in order to demonstrate how content and personnel contribute to diversity.
EARLYBIRD RAYES APPLY until 21st October 2022
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Based in Limerick, Catalyst International Film Festival will host the 3rd edition of the festival in person and online, presenting films, panel discussions and networking events in venues across the city. IFTA nominated feature films, PURE GRIT and WHO WE LOVE will lead a festival programme where diverse themes, stories and storytellers are celebrated. The festival will present a programme of short films from Ireland, Belgium, USA, Germany, Sweden and the UK. Panel discussions will celebrate diverse voices and the short screenplay competition winner will be announced at a ceremony on the opening night of the festival.
The festival is pleased to announce that the short screenplay finalists for the screenplay award in association with the Writers Guild of Ireland are, Miriam Devitt, Derek Ugochukwu, Tania Notaro, Denise Deegan and Jo Heffernan who will attend the festival in Limerick where the winning screenplay awards will be announced.
Dr Susan Liddy, film festival founder and director says: “We’re delighted to welcome filmmakers and film lovers to Limerick to celebrate the first in-person festival with us. The range of films, short screenplays, guests and speakers point to an exciting focus on diversity which is the hallmark of the festival. We’re grateful to our sponsors for recognising that Catalyst International Film Festival brings a unique perspective to the festival scene and for their continued support.”
Nominated for an IFTA in 2022, award winning feature film, PURE GRIT is a thrilling tale of extreme bareback horse racing, and an intimate love story chronicling three years in the life of a young Native American woman on the Wind River Reservation in Northern Wyoming. Director, Kim Bartley will attend and participate in a post screening Q&A.
Adapted from his short film ‘Lily’, Director Graham Cantwell brings IFTA nominated feature film, WHO WE LOVE to Limerick for the festival. A film about coming of age and coming out, it tells the story of a girl on the cusp of becoming a young woman, who is faced with the greatest challenge of her young life. A Q&A follows the screening.
A strong narrative short film programme has been curated for Catalyst by film programmer, Céline Roustan, who said that, “Each and every single protagonist of the nineteen films that compose the narrative shorts program have traditionally been underrepresented on screen. Yet their stories, struggles, fears and success have an undeniable universality that make the three programs emotional roller coasters that at times will be emotionally moving and at times will make you smile.”
Award winning documentary film maker Vanessa Gildea returns to Catalyst to programme a diverse documentary programme noting that, “Documentaries record moments in time, they reflect the world in which we live back to us and reveal new ways of seeing and hearing people’s truth. This short film documentary programme is a celebration of who we are now, in all our fragile, brave and brilliant glory.”
Along with a return to ‘in person’ screenings, the festival will continue to present an online version of the festival, streaming on Eventive with the short film programme available to stream and two exclusive online screenings of award-winning feature films, SAMIRA’S DREAM from director, Nino Tropiano and GHOST EMPIRE § BELIZE from director, Susan Thomson.
Speaking about CIFF 2022, Festival Ambassador, Ruth Negga, who is currently performing in Macbeth on Broadway said, ”It is quite apt that a festival, that heralds accessibility for the audience and film makers as a priority, produced two festivals completely online and as the festival moves to a place where we can now sit in venues together, to watch film, there will still be an important focus on providing a hybrid model and ensuring that the ethos and discussion from the festival can be accessed for those that can’t make it in person.”
Catalyst International Film Festival will run from 1-2 April 2022 across Limerick City and streaming online on Eventive.
This year we are delighted to present a programme of film both 'in person' at Belltable and The People's Museum in Limerick.
Alongside this we will present our film programme online on EVENTIVE
We will announce our panel discussions and workshop soon andthese will take place at The Savoy Hotel and LCGA.
We look forward to celebrating diverse film with you on April 1st and 2nd 2022.